The 25-year-old quit one of league’s top teams over the summer to pursue a financial career in London.
She now works in capital introduction and consulting with the bank’s Prime Brokerage Division. Durack has a degree in economics and neurobiology, and studied at Harvard before moving back to England for her soccer career.
Durack noted the choice was “a difficult one to make,” but she was ready to invest her time in a new career path.
“I had come to a point in my football career where I had achieved a certain amount that I was happy with,” she said.
“In order to take the next step and be one of the best in the game, it would have taken five years or so — if I was ever going to be fortunate enough to actually achieve that top level.”
She called the pay bump “a consequence, rather than a reason,” for the move, adding she would “not have gone into football” if money was her main objective.
Durack did note the appeal in a steady job compared to an industry where “work-rate does not always mean winning success.
“In contrast when the football season starts you are locked in for 10 months,” she told the BBC.
“We didn’t have a great season last year, it was not a successful season by Chelsea standards, it wasn’t ideal, but those things come in waves, and in sport you have to deal with the ups and the downs.
Though the Goldman Sachs office will share very little with her time between goalposts, Durack said she wanted to bring a competitiveness to the new role similar to that she experienced with Chelsea. The “huge lifestyle change” will roughly double her hours at work, and the former goalie said she “wanted to replicate sport” in the “very intense environment.
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